Updated Jun 13, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Ex-Trump campaign manager pulls out of Jan. 6 hearing

Picture of Bill Stepien standing behind Donald Trump
Former Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien and former President Trump in 2020. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Former Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien will not testify before the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot on Monday due to a "family emergency," the panel announced.

Driving the news: A source familiar with Stepien's thinking told Axios' Jonathan Swan that he was subpoenaed but did not want to testify and could hardly be considered a "friendly" witness.

State of play: Instead, Stepien's legal counsel "will appear and make a statement on the record," per the panel. The committee will also show footage from his taped deposition in lieu of his testimony, Axios has confirmed.

  • Two sources familiar confirmed to Axios that Stepien's wife went into labor.

What we're watching: The Monday hearing will focus on former President Trump's "Big Lie" — his declaring victory in the 2020 presidential election, despite knowing he did not have the numbers to win.

Others scheduled to testify include:

  • Byung J. "BJay" Pak, the Trump-appointed former U.S. attorney in Atlanta who abruptly resigned the day before the Capitol riot.
  • Former Fox News editor Chris Stirewalt.
  • Election attorney Benjamin Ginsberg and former Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional details.

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